“It’s the soap opera in high school, and those supporting characters, that are interesting.”
All the past Spider-Man films were more action-oriented and ‘good vs evil’. They were great but audiences nowadays (especially the younger ones) want a piece of realism in their movies. For younger audiences, they love movies like ‘Fault in our Stars’, ‘Me, Earl and the Dying Girl’ and the ‘Perks of Being a Wallflower’ because they focus on the tumultuous adolescent and high school life of it’s characters.
The Spider-Man comics is not like other Marvel comics. Unlike Iron-Man, Ant-Man or Black Widow, Spider-Man was Peter Parker, an ordinary geeky high school student who just happens to have a double life as a superhero. Thus, while fighting super-villains and saving lives, he also have to deal with bullies, teachers, girls and family members.
So, logically, this is the route where the new Spider-Man is setting to go.
BirthMoviesDeath had a chance to talk with Kevin Feige and the head honcho is imagining the reboot to be inspired by the high school soap operas of John Hughes.
“It’s the soap opera in high school, and those supporting characters, that are interesting. Just as we hadn’t seen a heist movie in a long time, or a shrinking movie in a long time, we haven’t seen a John Hughes movie in a long time. Not that we can make a John Hughes movie – only John Hughes could – but we’re inspired by him, and merging that with the superhero genre in a way we haven’t done before excites us.”
The studios are also planning to introduce a new villain in the franchise. So that means we won’t see Norman or Harry Osborn take the villain role. Maybe we could have Vulture or Kraven the Hunter.
In the meantime, if you’re excited about the route that Spider-Man will be going, here are some John Hughes films with the super hero twist.